Changing Culture, Changing Values
Advances in technology and medicine appear to promise so much. But many of these advances pose big ethical questions. How do we decide what is right or wrong? |
Society no longer holds an agreed moral and ethical consensus. Traditional ethical codes have been eroded and often an atheistic worldview dominates the 'mountains of our culture' - business, government, media and education. Moral relativism rules.
All the more reason, then, why Christians need to be sure about the biblical foundations of their faith and take ethical issues seriously. Peter Saunders, CMF Chief Executive, explores how we can engage with these often difficult issues and show Christ's character and compassion to those around us.
Serving in Babylon: Daniel's Story
When Jerusalem fell to the Babylonians in 587 BC, the nation of Judah was taken to Babylon in an exile that would last 70 years. As God's people in a foreign land that was hostile to their faith and values, they faced the challenge of living and serving as 'aliens and strangers'. There was great pressure to close ranks or to forget who they were. |
The temptation was either to retreat into an escapist spiritual ghetto or simply to compromise and become no different from those around them.
But the prophet Jeremiah instead urged the exiles, who included Daniel and his friends, to become fully engaged with their new society, whilst maintaining their distinctiveness as believers faithful to God - to be truly in the world but not of the world.
Christians living in 21st century Britain and serving in the NHS face similar challenges to those of Daniel. In this booklet, Peter Saunders, CMF Chief Executive, encourages Christian Healthcare professionals to be fruitful yet distinctive as they serve God in Today's NHS.
The Divine Drama
God has given us all we need to know in the Bible - his divine drama. In this Bible overview, Peter Saunders, CMF Cheif Executive, outlines the great story of creation, fall, salvation and new creation. The bulk of the Bible deals with the story of salvation, the account of God's plan to rescue his people and to reconcile the universe to himself. Quite simply, from the beginning to the end, it's all about Jesus. |
If you're looking for a simple overview of how it all fits together, then this is for you.
The Christian Call to Social Justice
Christians are called to proclaim the gospel, but what about social justice issues? William Wilberforce is best known for is work in abolishing the slave trade, but was also a deeply committed evangelical Christian with a broad agenda for reforming society.|
Throughout the Bible, God used people to have a phenomenal influence on their culture - Joseph, Nehemiah, Esther, Daniel and others.
Likewise today, Peter Saunders, CMF Chief Executive, encourages Christians to be 'not of the world' but to be deeply engaged in it, influencing the direction of culture; to preach Jesus as Lord of the whole universe and ourselves as his servants walking in his footsteps.
Cure for Life
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Bernard Palmer is a busy practising general surgeon. Many of his patients have serious and life-threatening problems and over the years he has become used to talking to them about his very practical Christian faith. A number have become intrigued and wanted to know more, leading Bernard and his wife, Rosy, to open up their home for anyone who cared to come where questions could be discussed and answers sought to the most important of life's questions. This is a result of these discussions.More Info...
Lighting the Way: a handbook for Christian nurses & midwives
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Nursing & midwifery are two of the most trusted and respected of all the professions. Unsurprisingly, many Christians choose to become nurses or midwives as a natural outworking of their faith.
But in a stressful, secular work environment, how do we practically live out our faith in Jesus? Can we share our faith with our colleagues or patients? How do we deal with difficult relationships in the workplace? How can we keep our spiritual lives vital and fresh when we often work demanding shift patterns?
This handbook is a modest attempt to help Christian nurses and midwives (qualified and student) to begin to address these questions for themselves. Whether you are just starting out on a career in nursing and midwifery, or have been qualified for years, this book is for you.More Info...
The Electives Handbook
A student elective is a great opportunity to do something different and learn new things. It's a chance to see life and medicine in another setting and to look at the world from a different perspective. For some students, it's an experience that changes the way they live and shapes their future.
Deciding what to do, where to go and how to get there can seem a daunting task. This handbook for medical and other healthcare students has been written to help you think through the options and issues. It gives information and advice to guide you through the process, from finding a placement, to setting off and finally coming home.More Info...
Short-Term Medical Work
Good practice guidelines for short visits and mission teams |
Short-term medical visits can be a valuable and inspiring learning experience for the visitor and can make a useful contribution to medical work overseas, but trips that have not been well-planned and thought-through can cause problems. This booklet will help doctors planning a short-term visit to think through the issues involved and avoid the pitfalls. It provides guidelines for good medical practice in low-income settings so that visitors are a help and not a hindrance, can make the most of their visit.More Info...
Surviving the Foundation Years
Staying close to God during the busy first years of medical work is a challenge.
The principles outlined here were a great help to me in keeping God's word central, maintaining fellowship with other Christians, and remembering that Jesus had a purpose for me in my work, even when I was too busy or tired to see it. The practical tips given were most useful.
I hope other readers will get as much from this booklet as I did – and not only survive the Foundation years but actively thrive during them.
Dr Laurence Crutchlow, CMF Associate Head of Student MinistriesMore Info...
The Human Journey
We all have questions about health: Will my child be healthy? What if I get cancer? Why do I sometimes feel so down? What about dementia in my later years?|
Today we see the health needs of different countries in more details than ever before. How are we to be good neighbours in the global community? Almost every day brings reports of new advances in medical technology. But how can we decide whether it's right to use them?
The Human Journey sets out a framework for thinking about these issues biblically. In an ever-changing world, the Bible's timeless truths offer a firm foundation to engage with health-related questions. Above all, our questions about health and wellbeing need to be seen in the greater context of God's design for humanity, the universe and everything - his plan to unite all things under Jesus Christ.
This book accompanies an eight-part course which aims to equip Christians to think biblically about health and to encourage better incorporation of healthcare expertise into church life and ministry. It can be read alone, but will be most useful explored and discussed in the context of the course.
Please see the Human Journey website for more details.More Info...